Parts of classic action movies mashed together by a guy with severe manic depression. Do you like Heat and wonder what it'd be like if the guys who made Freedom Fighters would try their hand at gritty straight-to-VOD action flick games? Well, wonder no longer because all the terrible realities of crime and war are on full display in a game about managing your crew (that won't listen to you), realistic shooting (read: terrible recoil and super loud gunshots), organic storytelling (tidbits are revealed in easily ignored muttering during scenes where you're not paying attention because wait is that a helicopter?) and multiple endings (that are both total downers)! Remember that scene in Collaterol, the one in the nightclub? What if you were tired from jetlag and missing your pills but had to somehow deal with a push dagger as your only tool? It's both kinda neat and really stressful. It deserves its low-to-moderate rating but it's a hellride you'll never forget. Shame about the multiplayer since no one played it when it came out so even less than no one's playing it now and it was intense fun. Now that the dust has settled and Jeff Gerstmann is a slave to another major corporation, would I recommend Kane and Lynch to a new audience? Sorta, with heavy caveats: it's a slog to play through (especially Act 3) and today's gamer has a hard enough time dealing with characters you're supposed to dislike - this has two of 'em and they're scum. That said, I'll die on the hill of defending this game and would totally get a tattoo of The7's logo.
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